Wedding of Jonathan & Emily

It’s time to finish off your wedding ensemble with a dash of flower power! Yes, you probably know how to tie a tie like a pro and get suited and booted without any trouble, but there’s a good chance you’ve never rocked a wedding buttonhole in your life. These itty bitty arrangements accessorize your groom attire and make any men’s ensemble a touch more wedding-worthy, so they’re definitely worth considering

This is the beginner’s guide to wedding buttonholes.

What is a wedding buttonhole, anyway?

A buttonhole, also known as a boutonniere, is basically the man’s version of a wedding bouquet. Don’t worry, they’re not as extravagant as the bride’s and bridesmaids’ handheld arrangements - they’re quite modest in size because they rest on the lapel of a jacket or blazer (they can be stuck through a buttonhole - hence the name - or pinned atop the lapel). Typically, they are composed of a single flower or a small collection of flowers and/or decorative accents.

Who wears buttonholes at a wedding?

Usually, only a handful of guys get the honour of wearing buttonholes at a wedding. So, who exactly are these lucky gents? The groom, groomsmen and ring bearer. Sometimes the option is extended to VIP guests like the parents, stepparents, ushers and the officiant. Of course, more buttonholes means a bigger bill from your wedding florist, so keep that in mind when making the final decision on who will wear them.

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Why should I order buttholes for my wedding?

While you don’t need buttonholes, they’re a nice way of differentiating your merry men from the rest of your wedding guests. If you and your groomsmen plan on wearing plain black, grey or blue suits, these accessories will help make your outfits pop.

What should the buttonholes for my wedding look like?

Naturally, they should match the style and colour scheme of your wedding and complement your partner’s bouquet. Consider choosing the boldest bloom in the bride’s handheld arrangement so that they play off of each other, or go with a neutral-toned flower if you’re looking for something a bit more low-key.

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How do I make wedding buttonholes more personal?

If you want to add a dash of personality to your wedding buttonholes, try subtly incorporating one of your hobbies into them. In the past, grooms have used everything from fishing tackles to playing card suits in their buttonholes, and you can do the same. Get creative, but make sure they don’t steal the spotlight from you or your partner.

Do I have to use flowers?

Absolutely not. Greenery, paper, acorns, pocket watches, Lego - seriously just about anything - can be used to make a wedding buttonhole. If you’re not into flowers, don’t be afraid to say no to the status quo and try something just as unique as you are.

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